Coaches and Ref of the Month – July 2015

Congratulations to our July 2015 “of the Month” winners:
Head Coach – Taylor Abbott
Assistant Coach – Jack Price
Referee – Alex Malinovsky

IMG_5288 Our Head Coach of the Month for July 2015 is Taylor Abbott. Taylor started coaching for Eclipse from the very start back in February 2011 when he was still a student at Campolindo, playing for Eclipse Director Shane Carney. He started coaching the U10 Girls Lunar (now U14) in the first year of Eclipse and stayed with them for three years. During the last two seasons, Taylor has been coaching our current U11 Girls Lunar and U15 Girls teams. In addition to working for Eclipse as a head coach, Taylor has been assistant for many teams over the years, has been a referee, and even played for Eclipse for one season. He will be continuing his education this fall at the University of Southern California, so he takes the honor of Head Coach of the Month in his final month! In addition to winning Head Coach of the Month, Taylor also received the first-ever Eclipse Five Years of Excellence Award for his commitment, dedication and hard work over the past five years.

1094612_10201931549916889_1496677231_oOur Assistant Coach of the Month for July 2015 is one of our Goalie Trainers Jack Price. Some families may remember Jack Price as one of our first great Eclipse stories, as he went from a player who almost knew nothing about soccer to a two-time All-League goalie and captain of his varsity team as a senior after spending three years playing with Eclipse. As a current student at Santa Clara University, Jack asked to work for Eclipse as a way to give back to the community and club that helped build him. Jack has immediately had a major positive impact on many of the young goalies in our club, teaching them techniques and helping them build passion for soccer and the goalkeeper position. Jack is also a great example of Eclipse’s commitment to being a leader beyond the sport of soccer, as he has done multiple service trips around the world.

IMG_5308Our Referee of the Month for July 2015 is Alex Malinovsky. Alex joins us as a brand new referee this season who like many referees may have been a bit hesitant about putting on the yellow jersey. After a few games, Alex has immediately become one of Eclipse’s most reliable referees, having a positive impact on the club and the many players he has reffed for. There is a good chance Alex reffed one of your games, as he has already reffed nearly ten games this season!